Pastor Robert Jeffress, leader of the influential 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said every Christian and pastor must get involved in politics, and that “whenever there was a need for a great change it was pastors who led the way” in America.
“Many people think that pastors should not get involved in politics, that their responsibility is only to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Jeffress on his program, “Pathway to Victory,” after telling the viewers that many people have asked him why he is getting so involved in politics, especially in this political cycle.
“When you look at American history, whenever there was a need for a great change, it was pastors who led the way,” he said. “It was pastors who led the way with the American Revolution, the Black Robe Regiment. It was pastors who led the way for the abolition of slavery. And it was pastors who were at the forefront of the civil rights movement.”
He asked what if pastors back then had said, “I’m not getting involved?”
“We would not have a country today. You know, it’s always pastors who are involved in calling for change and I believe right now it’s time for great change in America,” he continued.
“I believe the only way we’re going to have lasting change in our country is when Americans’ hearts are changed and no government power can do that. Only Jesus Christ can change a person’s heart and that is my role as a pastor to proclaim the Gospel, the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Jeffress said God has also ordained government to accomplish certain functions in today’s society, citing 1 Timothy Chapter 2, in which Paul said, “Let us pray for kings and all those in authority that we might lead quiet and tranquil lives in all godliness and dignity.”
“It’s interesting, Paul didn’t say pray for government, that government would lead a spiritual revival,” the pastor said. “When Paul wrote those words, Nero was the Roman Emperor. And Paul didn’t expect Nero to lead a great Christian revival. What Paul said was, pray that government would keep us safe and leave us alone to practice our faith. But remember, when Paul wrote those words, that’s all we could do at that time, is to pray for our government leaders. But today, we have the opportunity to actually select our leaders.”
He added: “I think we have a responsibility as Christians to select leaders who will do what God has ordained government to do and that is to keep us safe as a nation and to give us liberty to practice our faith in a critical time I believe we’re at in America’s history.”
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Anagram Kumar